Spiced festive brine for turkey or pork

Makes 3 litres of brine
15 minutes


  • 3l water
  • 300g of salt
  • 100ml of maple syrup, or honey
  • 100ml of whisky
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice berries
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, bashed


Toast the whole spices in a hot, dry pan for 30 seconds, or until fragrant
Add 1l of water along with the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil
Stir to make sure the salt and sugar has fully dissolved then remove from the heat
Add the rest of the water and make sure the brine has fully cooled before using